The Community Child Care Center offers affordable early childhood education in a safe and nurturing environment to working families in and around Williamson County. Fees are determined based on a family’s need and income.
“It’s a lot of hard work. Nonprofit work is not easy. Every day, you have to start over and forget about yesterday because some people … it takes them a long time to get to where they need to be. You have to show a lot of grace and compassion. You have to really love what you do and care about humankind and care about those who may not be as fortunate as you.”
And she’s surrounded by people every day who embody just that. A few years ago, one of their teachers who has been with them for 17 years, took in infant twins who would be separated and put into the foster care system.
“She was 63 years old and on the verge of retiring. To see her start over completely, to make sure that they stayed together and then still work at the daycare and be there with them all day … that’s a huge sacrifice.”
That teacher is in the process of adopting the twins, who are now in first grade.
“She really loves those kids, and they’ll never forget the way she’s impacted their lives when they could have been separated. She stepped right in.”
Tara says it’s incredible to see parents come in with goals of finishing school or getting higher-paying jobs
“To actually see them graduate and achieve those goals really makes me happy. We try to keep in touch with them to see how we can further assist them,” she says. “And when their children come back after they’ve graduated high school or college to come and see the teachers that have impacted them over the years, that lets us know that we’re doing something right.”